Tel Aviv Pride Group Trip- June 2018

Fun, Sun, History & Tel Aviv Gay Pride – Israel has it all! join us for an unforgetabble time.
Fun, Sun, History & Tel Aviv Gay Pride – Israel has it all! join us for an unforgetabble time.
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Come feel the Gay Vibe of Tel Aviv at our annual Gay Pride Week.
From the golden beaches of Tel Aviv to the Old City of Jerusalem, and from the ancient fortress of Masada to the spectacular Sea of Galilee, Israel is a country of incredible contrasts. The country with the "WOW" factor, and a destination on everyone's must-visit bucket list.

Join gay tourists from all over the world for an amazing group journey this coming June. Enjoy Tel Aviv Pride week and explore all the highlights of this incredible country.
Day 1: Sunday, June 3rd: Jerusalem
Shalom and welcome to Israel! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by our OUTstanding Travel Representative, who will assist you with your baggage and escort you to the comfort of your private transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.

Attend a superb evening Welcome Dinner at one of Jerusalem's delicious restaurants. 

At night, feel free to go on an adventure! We suggest exploring the wonderful Jaffa Street and Mahane Yehuda Market, or strolling around the Old City.

You shall stay overnight in Jerusalem. 

 
Day 2: Monday, June 4th: Jerusalem
 Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

After a breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem and a visit to the City of David, birthplace of Jerusalem. We shall pass through the underground tunnels through which Jerusalem was conquered and residents could slip out of the city, and experience the hidden spring where kings were crowned. Next, we walk in illuminated darkness through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets and join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David.

On Mount Zion, visit King David's tomb, the Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey and then we shall enter the Old City through Zion Gate to the Jewish Quarter. Together we will tour the recently excavated and restored Roman Cardo, an ancient Roman market road at the heart of the city. Our route will lead us to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. For the grand finale, we will make our way to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as we join pilgrims from around the world, venerating the Tomb of Jesus Christ.

We will then head back to the hotel, where we’ve freed up the night so that you may explore Jerusalem for yourself, with its quirks and charms, before your overnight stay.

 
Day 3: Tuesday, June 5th: Jerusalem & the Dead Sea:

After breakfast we will tour the new city of Jerusalem: A drive by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, the Supreme Court and Mount Herzl.

Visit Yad Vashem, the world’s premiere Holocaust remembrance and education center, located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.

Continue on to the Israel Museum, ranked among the world’s top art and archeological museums: an experience for all the senses and for all interests – from contemporary art to folk art and archeology to sculpture and music. See a Model of Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago, as well as the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.

Depart Jerusalem via the Judean Hills and visit Genesis Land, where you will experience life as it was in biblical times. Visitors to Genesis Land are greeted by Eliezer, Abraham's manservant, and by a train of camels which we will ride down to Abraham's tent of legendary hospitality.

Continue to the lowest point on earth and check in at your hotel at the Dead Sea.

Spend the afternoon enjoying the buoyant therapeutic waters and world famous rejuvenating mud of this mineral-rich sea, the largest all natural spa in the world, before having a dinner together at the Hotel, before retiring overnight at the Dead Sea.

Day 4: Wednesday, June 6th: Masada & the Galilee:

We have an early morning wake up to hike in the cool darkness to the very top of the ancient mountain fortress of Masada, which was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod, whose architectural feats have left their mark throughout Israel. At the beginning of the great revolt against Rome in the year 68 CE, Masada was conquered by a group of Jewish zealots, and Masada became their last stronghold. In the year 72, the Romans besieged Masada and succeeded in reaching the steep fortress after constructing a huge earthen ramp on its western side. In the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots living at the top of Masada chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans. Their deeds left behind a saga of courage, heroism, and martyrdom.

 
On the top of Masada we will watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. At the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride. You will descend the mountain fortress by cable car, before enjoying a breakfast back at the hotel resort, with free time at the Dead Sea to enjoy the SPA and the private beach. Then we depart the Dead Sea Resort and drive to the Galilee in Northern Israel, where we shall visit Arbel Cliff and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.   

After the spectacular views Check in at your hotel at the Sea of Galilee for Sun and fun at a private beach, before having a group dinner at the Hotel, with an overnight stay at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar Hotel. 

Day 5: Thursday, June 7th Golan/Nazareth/ Tel Aviv:
Thursday begins with breakfast at the hotel and a morning swim in the Sea of Galilee before a scenic Drive to the Golan Heights. Enjoy a jeep tour that will take you into the depths of the beautiful and fascinating landscape of the Golan Heights, Israel’s northern-most region. We will go into the heart of the hills and valleys that characterize this incredible region, with its beautiful nature, wildlife, history, and modern-day activities. Driving along dirt tracks, passing through streams, through orchards and groves, small villages, and extinct volcanic landforms.

Later, we depart the Golan Heights and continue to Nazareth which according to the New Testament was the childhood home of Jesus. You’ll visit the Church of St Joseph which houses the Basilica of the Annunciation, an impressive site where the angel Gabriel informed Mary she would give birth to Jesus. Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel, with a distinct Middle Eastern flavor. Check out the charming local markets located in the winding cobbled streets of the Old City, as you explore the city.

Continue to Tel Aviv – a world hub of gay vibrancy and pride!

Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this is a 24/7 city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized architecture, and an international outlook.

Start your Tel Aviv Pride weekend with Eliad Cohen's PAPA Night Party at Reading 3 - Tel Aviv Port (entry included). 

Comfortable sleeping arrangements at a hotel will be made in Tel Aviv.

Day 6: Friday, June 8th: Tel Aviv Pride Parade:

After a refueling breakfast at the hotel, the big day has arrived! Experience the full magnitude of the world renowned Tel Aviv Pride Parade. It’s amazing! It’s colorful! It’s Gay!

Celebrate freedom by strutting your stuff at the Parade before heading to the Official Pride Beach Party in the afternoon, and finally converging later in the night at FFF Main Pride Event at one of Tel Aviv's hottest clubs (TBA). Spend the rest of the night partying your heart out, loud and proud in Tel Aviv.

Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 7: Saturday, June 9th: Tel Aviv

A day to relax and recover and make the most of your stay in Tel Aviv. Spend the day lounging at the Hilton Gay Beach or visiting the Tel Aviv port and gather your strength for the tip top high of FFF Mega Pride closing party with DJ Offer Nissim… we assure you won’t be disappointed.

Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 8: Sunday, June 10th: The Western Galilee
Breakfast at the hotel.

Following breakfast we will explore Israel’s Northern Coastline: Caesarea & Haifa. Israel’s Mediterranean Coast has been ruled by various empires throughout history, creating a fascinating mosaic of historic sites.

Our tour begins with a ride along the beautiful coastal highway to the ancient port of Caesarea, once an important and strategic part of the Roman Empire, today housing an impressive array of archaeological sites. Delve into history with a state of the art presentation explaining the city’s colorful past. Explore lost treasures in the underwater antiquities park, go back in time with a walk inside the hippodrome and scale the impressive amphitheater, once a 15,000 seat open air auditorium which today remains largely intact and is still used for concerts and events.

From here, the beautiful city of Haifa awaits. Located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Israel’s third largest city is home to both Jews and Arabs, and is a melting pot of cultures and ideas. You’ll have the chance to appreciate the beauty of Haifa with a visit to the Hanging Baha’i’ Gardens – a world heritage site which is home to the Baha’i faith.

Our third and last stop on this day of touring will be Zikhron Yaakov, known for its boutique wineries. Visit one of the local wineries and taste some of Israel’s finest wines.

We will drive back to Tel Aviv and enjoy a farewell dinner after the amazing 8 days in Israel, spending a last night in Tel Aviv.
Day 9: Monday, June 11th: Departure Day:

Following breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home with everlasting memories of Israel.

Goodbye and Shalom ☺

Video of our Pride 2016 Group Trip: https://vimeo.com/169879244
The Rates below include:
• Greet & assist at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival
• Arrival and departure transfer from/to Ben Gurion Airport
• Porterage service at hotels
• 8 overnights at the below mentioned hotels
• 5 days sightseeing as per your program below with English speaking            tour guide
• Luxury air-conditioned vehicle
• Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast at the Hotels, including full                Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily, 4 Dinners as mentioned below:
   - Welcome Dinner in Jerusalem
   - Dinner at the Hotel at the Dead Sea
   - Dinner at the Hotel in Tiberias
   - Farewell Dinner in Tel Aviv/Jaffa

• Entrance fees as per program: City of David, Yad VaShem Holocaust          Museum, Israel Museum, Camel ride and hospitality at Genesis Land,          Masada National Park (include 1 way Cable Car), Mt. Arbel National        Park, Jeep Tour on the Golan, Caesarea National Park, Wine tasting in the Carmel.
• Entrance to 3 Gay Parties on Pride weekend

Our rates exclude:

• Expenses of a personal nature
• Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
• Spa Treatments at the Dead Sea
• Tips to driver, guide and restaurant staff
• Any other item not mentioned above

Cancellation Policy:

Up to 29 days prior to arrival date: 12% from the total services
28 – 21 days before arrival date: 25% from the total services
20 – 14 days before arrival date: 40% from the total services
13 – 7 days before arrival date: 75% from the total services
Less than 7 days before arrival date: 100% from the total Services

Payment:
It is our company policy to receive a 30% deposit upon booking, and full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival.


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option 1: standard hotel level
2 overnights @ Harmony Hotel in Jerusalem (Standard Room)
1 overnight @ Isrotel Ganim at the Dead Sea (Standard Room)
1 overnight @ Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel in the Galilee (Deluxe Room)
4 overnights @ Leonardo Art Hotel in Tel Aviv (Standard Room)

TOTAL: 8 Overnights

Price per person in a Single Room: USD 3.120,-
Price per person sharing a Double Room: USD 2.390-
option 2: high standard hotel level

2 overnights @ Herbert Samuel Hotel in Jerusalem (Superior Room)
1 overnight @ Herods Hotel at the Dead Sea (Executive Room)
1 overnight @ Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel in the Galilee (Grand Deluxe Room)
4 overnights @ Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv (Premium Room)

TOTAL: 8 Overnights

Price per person in a Single Room: USD 4.160,-
Price per person sharing a Double Room: USD 2.950-